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In "Of Mice and Men" how is George a dynamic character?

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dr33a2011 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2009 at 1:14 PM via web

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In "Of Mice and Men" how is George a dynamic character?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 2, 2009 at 8:40 PM (Answer #1)

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A dynamic character is defined as one who makes a change in his character from the beginning of the story to the end.  In "Of Mice and Men" George seems to make this type of change if we compare the way that he acts in Chapter 1 to what he becomes by Chapter 6.  In the very beginning of the novel, George seems to be bothered by the fact that he has to take care of Lennie.  He feels obligated because of the things that he witnessed during their childhood.  Despite the fact that he feels obligated, he does not treat Lennie as well as he should, always acting and treating Lennie as if he is a nuisance and is in the way of George achieving more than he has.  However, in Chapter 6 we can see that George feels a genuine love toward Lennie.  He does not want anyone to hurt him and feels that the only way that he will be able to protect him like a father or brother is to shoot him himself.  George goes from feeling that Lennie is a huge problem in his life to acting as a caring father or brother would -- this makes George a dynamic character.

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